The Tianjin Binhai Library, a 33,700m2 cultural centre, features a luminous spherical auditorium around which floor-to-ceiling bookcases cascade. The undulating bookshelf is the building’s main spatial device and is used both to frame the space and to create stairs, seating, the layered ceiling and even louvres on the façade. A stunning project by MVRDV. Mind blown! I want to see this IRL! I love architecture!
This gigantic purple balloon is in fact an inflatable concert hall, currently set up in Tokyo. Absolutely breathtaking.
This Back Country House by David Maurice took my breath away. Absolutely stunning.
These playful architecture photos put the biggest smile on my face.
The Stampville rubber stamp set has what it takes to make your little ones feel like budding architects. Definitely marking this one as a fun birthday gift.
Any architect will tell you that, structurally, a triangle is the strongest geometric shape. Architect Kengo Kuma has taken this wisdom and rendered it into a playful and interactive building set. I’d love to play with these.
Tesla founder and CEO Elon Musk doesn’t stop. Check out these glass tiles with solar energy gathering powers he just introduced. Say goodbye to awkward solar power panels and say hello to Tesla’s Tuscan Glass Tiles.
New life goal: Office slide that takes you outside and not just one floor down, like we’ve seen in so many startup offices.
Duffy London brings you a shelter kit that can be assembled from flat-packed very quickly, providing housing for disasters, first-aid, exploration and glamping.
Next time I fly into JFK I hope to spot this large-scale typography at the restored Rockaway Beach boardwalk in Queens, New York. The installation spells out the name of the beach in letters that are each 100 to 150 feet wide and almost 50 feet tall, and together span nearly a mile. Design by the mighty Paula Scher/Pentagram.
Thomas Heatherwick has unveiled plans for an engaging public landmark that will form the centerpiece of New York’s Hudson Yards Development: A “Building” Made of Staircases. Wonderful!
Ben Uyeda built a DIY spiral staircase using layered pieces of plywood cut with a CNC machine. This is absolutely stunning.
Basic House by Martin Azua is a basic habitable volume; foldable, inflatable and reversible. Is it art? Is it architecture? I don’t care, it gives me joy.
The fine folks over at Tinybop launched yet another wonderful app: Skyscraper! It allows you to playfully contract your own skyline of buildings, send people up and down in elevators, spark a blackout or clog the toilet, fix a pipe or put out a fire and so on! The app was beautifully designed by Berlin-based illustrator Mike Ellis.
A thrilling glass slide at 1,000 feet above Los Angeles jusy opened to the public. OH MY!
Paris’s Musée du Louvre played host to the latest installation of prolific French artist, JR, who made its iconic pyramid disappear in an illusory outdoor collage.
The images of this weekend house in the woods outside of Stockholm took my breath away. Stunning.